Education and Workforce Development

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Americans employed by the U.S. wind industry include more than 26,000 people in manufacturing. Many of these facilities are located in states that have been negatively impacted by a decline in the number of comparable blue collar jobs.

The U.S. wind industry continues to grow and employ hardworking Americans through education and workforce development programs across the country. The American wind energy industry currently supports more than 120,000 jobs, including vital positions such as turbine technicians, researchers, scientists, engineers, trade workers, educators, transportation workers, and workers focused on business and sales. In fact, wind turbine technician was recently named as one of the fastest growing American jobs of the decade.

WINDExchange offers resources for anyone wishing to learn about jobs in wind energy. Learn about higher education and training programs; K-12 Resources, including wind energy curricula; the Wind for Schools project; and workforce development initiatives, including the U.S. Department of Energy Collegiate Wind Competition.

Workforce Training and Education

Learn about jobs in various sectors of the wind industry, potential pathways for job growth, and training for vital wind energy industry professions such as engineers, technicians, trade workers, researchers, and scientists.

K-12 Resources

Find a list of wind energy curricula and teaching materials for elementary, middle school, and high school students that bring wind energy into any classroom.

Wind for Schools

The Wind for Schools project provides a hands-on wind energy experience to hundreds of students from K-12 schools, community colleges, and universities. The project provides a way to introduce communities across the country to wind energy and prepares college students to serve as project consultants for small wind turbine installations at rural elementary and secondary schools. The project also connects K-12 teachers to wind energy and gives K-12 students opportunities to engage in interactive and interschool wind energy research in the classroom.

Collegiate Wind Competition

WINDExchange maintains an interactive map of wind energy education and training programs at community colleges, universities, and other institutions for those interested in working in the wind industry. The Collegiate Wind Competition challenges interdisciplinary teams of undergraduate students to tackle pressing wind technology and development challenges, providing them with real-world wind experience as they prepare to enter the workforce.